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Southeast Area

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Archie Tucker, Director

ARS’s Southeast Area delivers innovative, scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges. The Area supports ARS National Programs covering animal production and protection; nutrition, food quality and safety; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection. Research programs in the Southeast Area are carried out in 66 research units at 27 locations in 9 states and Puerto Rico.

In This Section

Mothers' Physical Activity May Help Newborns

ARS-funded researchers in Little Rock, AR, studied how a mother’s physical activity during pregnancy could affect infant brain development.

Recharging Water Supplies

Pumping groundwater from local aquifers to irrigate crops has increased yields but is steadily reducing the supply of available water for future use.

Helping Promote Food Security on Tribal Lands

Researchers worked with the Quapaw tribe to create high-resolution digital maps of soil properties for their tribal lands.

New Spawning Aid for Hybrid Catfish

ARS researchers developed a new spawning aid for female channel catfish resulting in increased egg yield.

A Suit of Armor for Biopesticides

ARS scientists in collaboration with Israeli partners, developed a new formulation to protect beneficial fungi and nematodes from UV radiation.

Sorghum May Help Other Crops

ARS scientists are examining one of the things that makes sorghum naturally resistant to weeds — a natural herbicide the plant secretes from its roots.

Reducing Ammonia Emissions and Phosphorus Runoff

Study finds ammonium nitrate had 34% lower yield compared to poultry litter treated with alum.

New Tool Fights Citrus Greening Disease

Developed by ARS's researchers, symbiont technology can be delivered to citrus trees in the field and is scalable from a few to millions of trees.